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Old 05-05-2008, 02:57
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I have always gotten the money upfront unless it's a family member or close friend. But with the website people have to pay to check out.

I once did offer on Craigslist in my area 5 free bows to the first five who responded to generate some local interest (95% of business is other states) and one woman ordered additional in addition her to her free one and never came. Thankfully they were M2MG so I can resell them, but I can definately see your frustration!

I hope you hear back from her, or are at least able to re-sell them!

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I once did offer on Craigslist in my area 5 free bows to the first five who responded to generate some local interest (95% of business is other states) and one woman ordered additional in addition her to her free one and never came. Thankfully they were M2MG so I can resell them, but I can definately see your frustration!
I have had several people order bows on craigslist, but not one has ever followed through! Thankfullly I only list things I already have made or can lisn Etsy. I used to say I'd accept cash but no one ever showed up to buy! So now I only will do paypal, but they can still pick them up to save on shipping. Still no takers though.
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I have had several people order bows on craigslist, but not one has ever followed through! Thankfullly I only list things I already have made or can lisn Etsy. I used to say I'd accept cash but no one ever showed up to buy! So now I only will do paypal, but they can still pick them up to save on shipping. Still no takers though.
it wasnt too bad, a couple of the people did- and some people PayPaled the shipping if they didnt want to pick it up, but some of them didnt even pick it up and it was FREE!!!

It was worth the try, but I wouldnt do it again to be honest. I think CL gets way too many lurkers.

I think thats a good idea though to have it PP for the cost, but can pick up. But I would make certain times because otherwise, I had a couple people for various other things cancel and then I am sitting at home waiting for them!
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How do you ladies handle payment of them? I had a lady order 6 braided headbands in different color combos. I made them then contacted her to set up a time for delivery and payment, she hasn't returned my emails. It's been like 2 weeks now.

Do you collect the money first?
this happened to me last summer with a store, so I always get the money upfront! So then if I am out running around town and have the bows done then I drop them off at the door or in the mailbox!
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For the local people that I know here in my little town, I've done requests and custom orders before payment.

I'm doing a craft show in 2 weeks, I plan on taking custom orders, payment upfront and will offer shipping or if they're local I will offer to drop off depending on the "feel" of the sale.

I've had several requests for orders on etsy. I worked on the order and then got a message that "Nevermind, I don't need it, want it, someone else got it for me." Very disappointing. The last custom order request I got payment before I even started on her bows, sent her a picture to be sure she liked them (I could always refund if necessary) and then mailed them out.

Hope you can sell the headbands elsewhere!!
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If its someone I don't know, I make a custom listing on Etsy and they pay for it before I start. If its a local person that I don't know, I ask for half up front. For repeat customers and people I know, I don't require anything up front.
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